New York Times: “Becoming a Salt Lake City convert”

    In this article, a writer for the New York Times discovers that Salt Lake City is actually a pretty decent place.   I confess, though, to some bemusement at the fact that many travel writers, as well as others, seem to really believe that brain-modifying chemical assistance is necessary in order to have a good [Read More…]

“Abraham, Human Sacrifice, and Conspiracy”

    An intriguing short article by Ryan Larsen:   http://mormonpuzzlepieces.blogspot.com/2016/10/abraham-human-sacrifice-and-conspiracy.html     [Read more…]

“Robert F. Smith and the Preposterous Book of Mormon”

    A nice blog entry from the estimable Dr. Jeff Lindsay (who happens, also, to be the Interpreter Foundation’s man in Shanghai):   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/10/robert-f-smith-and-preposterous-book-of.html     [Read more…]

“80% of data in Chinese clinical trials have been fabricated”

    Wow.   The avalanche of bad news about peer review and replicability in the sciences (particularly, thus far, in medical research and psychology) continues.  This time — in stunning proportions — from China:   http://www.sciencealert.com/80-of-the-data-in-chinese-clinical-trial-is-fabricated     [Read more…]

The miracle of email (and the internet)

    “E-mail has some magical ability to turn off the politeness gene in a human being.”  Jeff Bezos     [Read more…]

“LDS Church responds to leaked videos of briefings for Mormon apostles”

    Certain critics of the Church are absolutely giddy with excitement because, it seems, some anonymous disaffected former employee at Church headquarters (in the tradition of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, though at considerably less risk and without much prospect of becoming the hero of a big-budget Hollywood film) has leaked several hours of [Read More…]

God and nature

    I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver     [Read more…]

“Old Things Are Done Away, and All Things Have Become New”

    In the Interpreter Foundation’s 182nd posted scripture roundtable, Cassandra Hedelius, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster discuss 3 Nephi 12-15 in connection with Lesson 38 in the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine manual:   Scripture Roundtable 182: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38, Old Things Are Done Away, and All Things Have Become [Read More…]

“Frequent Church Attendance Highest in Utah, Lowest in Vermont”

    Interesting data from the Gallup Organization:   http://www.gallup.com/poll/181601/frequent-church-attendance-highest-utah-lowest-vermont.aspx     [Read more…]

Of general conference and the recent presidential debate

    They make for an interesting contrast, and not merely in the obvious ways:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865663792/LDS-general-conference-civil-religion-and-the-importance-of-moral-voices.html     [Read more…]